[quote=gelsbern]I am asking this in all sincerity as I want to gain understanding.
In John 21 we read Jesus telling Peter 3 times, Feed my sheep.
Shortly after that we hear very little about Peter, he is mentioned a few times, but there is hardly anything except for 2 epistles. So my question is WHY isn’t Peter central to all the scriptures from Acts to Revelation? Why do we not hear about his ministry and everything he did to feed the sheep of the Lord?
Because the Church is not the “Peter Show” even though he occupies the key position of leadership and authority. If every NT book had as it’s focus Peter, there wouldn’t be room for anything else, would would make the whole NT rather limited in usefulness. Having said that, there is plenty in Acts, Galatians and Peter’s two epistles to show us his centrality:
Whenever the apostles were named, Peter headed the list (Matt. 10:1-4, Mark 3:16-19, Luke 6:14-16, Acts 1:13); sometimes the apostles were referred to as “Peter and those who were with him” (Luke 9:32). Peter was the one who generally spoke for the apostles (Matt. 18:21, Mark 8:29, Luke 12:41, John 6:68-69), and he figured in many of the most dramatic scenes (Matt. 14:28-32, Matt. 17:24-27, Mark 10:23-28). On Pentecost it was Peter who first preached to the crowds (Acts 2:14-40), and he worked the first healing in the Church age (Acts 3:6-7). It is Peter’s faith that will strengthen his brethren (Luke 22:32) and Peter is given Christ’s flock to shepherd (John 21:17). An angel was sent to announce the resurrection to Peter (Mark 16:7), and the risen Christ first appeared to Peter (Luke 24:34). He headed the meeting that elected Matthias to replace Judas (Acts 1:13-26), and he received the first converts (Acts 2:41). He inflicted the first punishment (Acts 5:1-11), and excommunicated the first heretic (Acts 8:18-23). He led the first council in Jerusalem (Acts 15), and announced the first dogmatic decision (Acts 15:7-11). It was to Peter that the revelation came that Gentiles were to be baptized and accepted as Christians (Acts 10:46-48). In Galatians 1, Paul also relates that he went to Jerusalem to meet with Peter and be instructed by him.
This is only a small sampling, but enough to show that, not only is it not true that Peter is “hardly mentioned at all,” but, rather, he played a central and vital role in the early Church.